By Commander Andy
I read with a great feeling of nostalgia a communiqué purportedly issued by Uyo Senatorial District Leaders Forum which was published in the Global Concord of Monday, January 11, 2016. In that communiqué, which came at the instance of men who otherwise should have been regarded as beacons of hope in Akwa Ibom, but whom a majority of the people of the state look at with disdain because of the role they have chosen to play in shaping the political and economic destinies of the people which is largely retrogressive and atavistic, the signatories wrote some nonsensical things.
In the first place, I wish to understand what qualifies a person as a leader in Uyo senatorial district or in Akwa Ibom. If it is age then I think I am qualified as I am entering my 67th year this 2016. Is it educational qualification? Then I am also qualified for I hold a Masters Degree, and as some lecturers in the University of Uyo have said many times to me, I qualify to be a professor in my own area of study having met the most important condition that qualifies one to be a professor. At the risk of sounding immodest, like Paul the Apostle once “boasted”, I have authored so far 67 books some of which are yet to be published. If it is one’s involvement in politics that qualifies someone as a leader in Akwa Ibom, then I graciously give it to them because I refuse to join their dirty political wagon. I am not a politician, but like Jesus Christ, I am a revolutionary.
While I grant the so-called Uyo senatorial district leaders their right to say whatever they wish to say by way of exercising their right to free speech in a democracy, I refuse their inclusion of this writer and members of his family. Yes, I am from Uyo senatorial district, but I permit no one to issue categorical statements that seem to suggest that I am included in whatever they wish to pursue that have no bearing with me whatsoever. In that case I am bound by the divine positive, ecclesiastical and civic laws to reject such involvement of my person or members of my family either directly or impliedly.
I give it to them, as stated in paragraph one of their childish communiqué “That the political power, in a democracy, acquires legitimacy only when it flows from popular mandate freely given through a credible electoral process. Hence, there is a compelling need for those in political leadership positions at the national level to respect the inalienable rights of Akwa Ibom people to freely elect their leaders.”
But pray, what picture do these senatorial district leaders try to paint here? Are they trying to give us the impression that the national political leaders unduly interfered with the electoral process in the April election in Akwa Ibom? Bull shit!
If so I quite agree with them because Goodluck Jonathan and Godswill Akpabio did much evil by not allowing Austin Okojie to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the state. In trying to indict the APC indirectly by this statement, they have not known that APC only came to power on May 29, 2015 after the so-called elections must have come and gone. It is clearly the PDP that should be held responsible if anything was wrong with the elections.
Again in paragraph two of the said communiqué the leaders made the same foolish mistake of thinking and believing that “a band of self-seeking Akwa Ibom state politicians and desperate offshore economic interests to mortgage the collective will of the people as expressed in the 2015 general elections and enslave the commonwealth of Akwa Ibom State.” This rather nebulous expression is intended to cast aspersions on those who opposed and continue to oppose the retrogressive elements in our state, which include all those who issued the communiqué.
Pray, who are those that sold the commonwealth of Akwa Ibom to Uche Secondus, Olisa Metuh, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Tony Anenih, Jim Ovia, Andy Uba and numerous others including some emirs in the north of Nigeria if not those who signed the communiqué and who were led by the nose by Godswill Akpabio and his wife? It is a shame that I belong in a state where virtue is called vice and vice is called virtue. I wish I could relocate to Cape Verde Island and there live a peaceful and quiet life.
But necessity is laid on me and I can hardly give a minute’s consideration to such cowardice action. This is because as the Bible says in Acts of the Apostles 17: 26, God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the boundaries of their habitation.” This is to say that God hath known that Commander Andy Effiong would be a black man, an African, a Nigerian, an Akwa Ibomite and an indigene of Uyo senatorial district. For this singular reason, I cannot flee this state and allow some congenital idiots to torture, starve, kill and subjugate those people who do not know their left from their right because of artificial poverty they created since 2007 when Godswill Akpabio and his gang of thieves took over power under the umbrella that is now crying foul because it has become irrelevant.
Paragraph three of the offending communiqué says in a most outrageous manner: “We specifically denounce the recent unguarded utterances by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, that APC will take over Akwa Ibom and Rivers States by all means as well as questioned the subsequent application of arbitrary legal scales in delivering array of conflicting judgments in the Akwa Ibom State election petition cases despite the fact that the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections were conducted simultaneously with the same electorates under the same condition throughout the state.”
This is one of the most unfortunate and foolish paragraphs in the communiqué. When PDP boasted in 2014 that it would rule Nigeria by all means for sixty years before any other party would smell the position, did those who signed the communiqué raise a voice in protest against such arrogance? Surely, they didn’t because to them PDP was sent from heaven and so no one could overthrow it. Now that it has become a minority party, the PDP is shouting hoarse, and calling everyone else names. Great pity!
When Godswill Obot Akpabio went on a killing spree throughout his tenure, none of those who shamelessly signed the inglorious communiqué condemned it; none of them saw the killing of the Oku Ibom Ibibio as a great abomination and sacrilege. When Akpabio and his PDP gangsters framed up a number of people of this state including one of the signatories to that evil document in order to portray them in bad light, where were the signatories of the communiqué?
Pray, where were they when Mrs. Udonwa, Mrs. Maria Ikpe and Mrs. Sam Ewang were disgracefully assaulted by PDP and the former killed and dumped by the roadside. Where were the Uyo senatorial district leaders when innocent women were brutally murdered in Iwok Nsit by PDP and General Edet Akpan abducted, put inside the booth of a car and driven to far away Balyelsa State on the orders of Godswill Akpabio?
Can the signatories to the communiqué tell us the total number of the people kidnapped, murdered, framed up and maimed by PDP in order to foster its murderous and kleptomaniac causes? Has there ever been any PDP gathering anywhere in Akwa Ibom where a minute’s silence is observed in honour of those slain before and during the elections? It is impossible to see it because the party has no conscience and, therefore, no compunction.
I feel very reluctant to comment on the so-called divine mandate given to Udom Emmanuel by “the People of Akwa Ibom.” When did the people of the state give Udom a mandate? Was it during the PDP primaries? Of course the G22 can rightly provide an answer to such foolish question of mandate. Or, was it during the Election Day which I choose to call selection day? In what way can Udom’s emergence be called a mandate when the whole world was told that it was Unoma Akpabio that singularly “produced” Udom Emmanuel? What is divine in such an emergence? Well, it may be called divine in the sense that it came from the marine kingdom of India. And what I know about the slogan is that it was conceived and used by supporters of Professor Richard King. It was stolen and later applied to Udom. My God does not support any form of stealing.
You know, on that day of election, sorry, selection, I went to my polling unit to register. Unlike Goodluck Jonathan who suffered greatly in the hand of the weird machine called card reader; I had no problem being captured. After registration I was told to come back by one o’clock for voting. But before it was noon someone called me and warned that I should not venture into the place again. He said the PDP bad boys had invaded the place, shot guns into the air to scare voters and carted away all electoral materials.
I had the phone numbers of the three AIGs that were sent to monitor the elections and I quickly called them including some boys in the intelligent unit of the police headquarters at Ikot Akpan Abia. All efforts made by concerned people to stop the fraudulent practice proved abortive because the gangsters called PDP people had assumed that the state belonged to them and them alone.
And so with their fake military and police officers they unleashed mayhem in the state, killing not fewer than thirty people. Yet the dishonourable senatorial district leaders, who claim to be speaking on my behalf, were there doing and saying nothing by way of protest because some of them, if not all of them, were masterminds in their respective zones. I am ashamed that they now have the effrontery to accuse the president of this nation and the APC of wrongdoing.
Udom Emmanuel should resign now and go back to the bank or be prepared to swallow the shame that is soon coming upon him. As a deacon in the church of the Rev. Samuel Bill, he should be told for the umpteenth time that he is standing on the blood of all those killed during the infamous election. Thank God that the Appeal Court had prayed God never to allow such charade again in the state.
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